Job opportunity: Ocean acidification senior scientist


The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 4) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist position serves as the designated technical expert in the agency on ocean acidification science.


The Environmental Assessment Program is the science branch of Ecology. We provide a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services to support important natural resource management decisions in Washington.

The Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist position is designated by the director as the senior scientist in the agency on ocean acidification science. Some of the key work activities include:

  • Coordinates implementation of ocean acidification science into environmental monitoring and modeling programs in the agency.
  • Collaborates with the ocean acidification science community on the west coast to evaluate conditions in the Salish Sea and coastal areas of Washington.
  • Communicates highly technical findings to a wide range of audiences including scientist, managers and the public for the purpose of informing policy decisions around ocean acidification.

Interesting Aspects of this position:

  • This position is expected to lead ocean acidification science within Ecology. The position is responsible for guiding activities in our monitoring and modeling groups around ocean acidification and integrating the results of this work into other agency programs and external groups.
  • Ocean acidification is a complex problem that is affected by many factors. This position will coordinate and promote cutting edge science to inform management decisions to around ocean acidification.
  • This position is a unique opportunity to collaborate with top scientists and engineers in the agency, region and west coast on ocean acidification science for the purpose of informing management decisions around ocean acidification.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 30 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 29, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major study in marine science, oceanography or closely allied field


Six (6) years of professional research work experience in marine science or chemical oceanography related to ocean acidification.

A Master’s degree, will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specialty field.

A Ph.D. will substitute for three (3) years of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specialty field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting field sampling from a boat and seaplane under a variety of conditions.
  • Experience operating and calibrating marine water quality instruments.
  • Ability to work with large environmental datasets.
  • Scripting skills preferably in Structured Query Language and R.
  • Ability to use, interpret, analyze and produce geographic information datasets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must possess a valid driver’s license.

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